I had a great 41st birthday. There is no fanfare for 41 but it was a fun family day. First we went to Grand Park in downtown LA. I have been wanting to visit there for awhile so we put the check on that box-it's not too exciting but it was fun. After Grand Park we went to Grand Market and had barbecue for lunch-it was pretty good. This was followed by Santa pictures and Brooke getting her ears pierced then our traditional birthday evening at the Americana. Last but not least we decided to look at Christmas lights on our way home.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
It all started with this:
I can vividly remember opening this outside the Glendale Hilton in December 2006. I haven't thought about this moment in years but oddly since reading the Rookie Smarts book which really emphasizes recapturing emotions and feelings from exciting times in the past I have begun to recall these times more often. I was so excited to receive this amazing Powersource Imagine from my new friend who had selected the perfect gift!
In between then and now there have been some pretty awesome gifts. Every year has been special and in two minutes I think I have recalled all of them in my head. This years was definitely the most entertaining!
22 gifts that are everything Kim Thomas or Kim Evans. Who knew, I was published already? Great job, Jane and thanks for being a Powersource!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
What a bummer that I didn't think of this blog earlier in the process. Brooke and I shredded 100's of checks yesterday from the last 18 years. During the final minute I started getting entertained. Here are a few remember when's:
*we used to give siblings birthday gifts? Here is a check to Kevin for $25.00
*I used to write checks to the gift shop to get cash. This one was for $10.00.
*Housing was $585.00 a month
*Restaurants took checks
*Costco was Price Club
Saturday, December 20, 2014
I have wanted a flocked tree for years but David has never wanted one so we always end up with a traditional tree. This year I asked him if we could finally get our tree flocked and he said we should go for it. While it cost a little more and it was a little harder to hang the ornaments I think the tree is beautiful!
I have posted about getting Ash'ed before but last night we broke records! Today, I suggested that a cap be set on the number of desserts to which I was quickly poo pooed-that won't happen. So last night when Ash asked for them to bring all the desserts and the waiter started to discourage him, Ash insisted that we wanted one of each. Now, in all fairness there were only 8 desserts on the menu but thats not what came out......yeah, we broke records. Favorites:
David and Laura: Butterscotch Pudding
Kim: Probably the Butterscotch Pudding but the Baked Apple Pie was right behind
Last night we went to an early dinner for my birthday. It was great evening that will include two more posts. Our steaks were great, company was even better, I got an amazing birthday present and we broke a record on getting Ash'ed. We had a great evening with these two!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
About two weeks before heading to Orlando I was on the phone chatting with Sara and decided to book an alternate flight home. This flight would give me a 4 hour stop in Dallas. PERFECT!
Last Thursday Brooke and I were able to spend a good 2.5 hours with Sara and Avery! While I wanted to hold her when she was 4 pounds all 10 pounds of her were still so perfect! I couldn't have been happier with our visit and Brooke was very good the entire time (she has the iPad and Netflix was going so keeping her busy wasn't that hard) xoxoxo Watsons!
Monday, December 15, 2014
I was lucky to be able to extend my Orlando trip for two extra days and visit the Sauers in Tampa. Mom, Brooke, Abbey and I had a great time visiting their new stomping grounds. Highlights included:
- Hanging out together
- Getting the local tour from Nathan including the Snake Woods, Landfill, various cul-de-sacs and which ponds have alligators
- Pictures with Santa
- Trampoline jumping
- Found David's Christmas gift
- Sauer Christmas presents
- Getting to catch up with Rachel